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3 takeaways from the BYU Cougars’ 85-54 win over the Portland Pilots

FILE: BYU guard Jake Toolson (5) tries to get past UCLA guard Chris Smith (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Lahaina, Hawaii.
Marco Garcia, AP

SALT LAKE CITY — BYU turned a close game late in the first half into a blowout, cruising past Portland 85-54 at the Chiles Center in Portland.

Here are three takeaways that defined the game:

  • Jake Toolson was efficient for the Cougars, making 8 of 10 shots from the field and 6 of 8 3-pointers to score 22 points. BYU shot 50.9% from the field, including 56.7% in the second half, and Alex Barcello aded 17 points.
  • The Cougars (18-7, 7-3 West Coast Conference) put the game away by scoring 20 of the first 24 points in the second half, building a 63-35 lead.
  • Portland (9-16, 1-9 WCC) held Yoeli Childs down early, as he didn’t hit a field goal until there were two seconds left in first half, scoring an and-one after starting 0 for 5 from the field to start. He came on strong in the second half and finished with 22 points and eight rebounds on 8 of 14 shooting.

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